A Tale of Two Mousies

Computer mice have gotten a lot more sophisticated over the years.  what started as a little ball embedded in a cocoon of plastic and tiny rubber wheels has given way to lasers and infrared and bluetooth and scroll pads and other technological sorcery to give the end user almost telepathic connectivity to their computers.

I just found this one today – they’re calling it The Flying Mouse.

 

You see it yet?  It’s strapped to his wrist!

I had a wireless mouse – ancient tech when measured against being able to flutter your hands about and make the computer respond to you – but not so ancient it still has a tail.  This summer, I rather rudely banged the little red plastic guy with my elbow, and he bounced off the hardwood floor.

Shockingly enough, he survived his rough treatment and still communicated with my computer.

When he felt like it.

See – I kinda look at our tech-saturated world with different eyes.  Electronic devices aren’t simply plastic and wire and silicon bits powered by electricity and communicating with each other through fiber-optic cables…

All our bits of tech are actually an extremely advanced race of superbeings.
Vastly more intelligent than we poor, primitive meat-sacks are.
And they co-habitate with us in an effort to study this lesser species and learn about us.

 

Sooooo – my mouse took a nose-dive off my desk, and bounced at least twice on my hardwood floor.  I think it never forgot this attack on it’s little plastic person, and spent the next 6 months torturing me.

It’d track fine for awhile, then become semi-unresponsive.  It would sometimes initiate a click when I hadn’t pushed the appropriate button.  The pointer would occasionally wander drunkenly across the computer screen even when the mouse wasn’t being moved.

I used to tell people it was possessed.  I finally realized it wasn’t an evil spirit…it was just PISSED at me for not taking better care of it.

So this Christmas, the kids went out and bought me a new mouse.  I celebrated by throwing the old, full-of-attitude one across the room where it shattered rather excitedly.

So everyone take a brief moment to welcome the little purple guy.

New Mouse

It’s always the simple things that make your day wonderful 😀

 

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9 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Mousies

  1. I actually have a corded mouse for my computer, and it’s a gaming mouse, though I don’t use it for gaming, but it’s ergonomically better for my hands and has some nifty features. When I was in college, I had a wireless mouse just like yours because I carried my netbook everywhere.

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    • I’ve seen the gaming mice – some of them look hela complicated. I’m pretty old school when it comes to gaming…I like the older Playstation and Nintendo consoles, and my gaming drugs of choice were the stand-alone RPG’s like Zelda and Final Fantasy.

      Once things went to the massive online player groups, I kinda lost interest.

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      • I play mostly single player games with a controller, but I play on the computer (Skyrim, I play Skyrim… I’ve tried other games, but I come back to Skyrim). Anyway, I use the controller (or gamepad as they call it nowadays) for playing games, but I got the gaming mouse because it’s designed for long-time use. I watched a video of someone who makes a living playing games on YouTube go over his setup and rethought my setup. He had difficulties with his hands (arthritis, he’s my age — in his 50’s) and had a real gamer’s keyboard with only the keys needed to play the game, and a very nice mouse. Anyway, after watching his video, I realized that there was such a thing as gaming keyboards and mouses, so I looked into it and I really like my mouse, it’s way comfortable, even if I don’t use it for gaming. ^_^

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  2. Happy new mouse – long may you click.

    My “mice” have been wireless for some time now. A necessity given the physical limitations of the desk and tower configuration. But I also prefer the literal wirelessness of the arrangement. It’s tidier. And trust me, my desk can use all the help it can get in that department.

    Earlier this year when I was dealing with pinched nerves, the massage therapist suggested that I try one of those trackball jobs – also wireless. I tried it for a while but found some of the click/drag/select actions were more than I could manage as “fluently” as I wanted. Plus there was often delay in communication between the mouse and the wireless receiver. I usually had to hit the escape key to wake the critter up. And if that didn’t work, I resorted to “kicking the tires” as it were. Poor mousey.

    I went back to my old wireless mouse, though, when my chiropractor told me that it’s not repetitive movement that does the damage – it’s the limited magnitude of movement. We normally hold our hand over the mouse – poised for the next click – holding it there, tensely, waiting. She suggested that we point click and then move the hand away, in large, exaggerated movements if need be, to give the arm a break from its forced immobility.

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